A&M and Oklahoma parallels hard to ignore after Aggies' Cotton Bowl rout of Sooners
41-13. Remember this score well, Aggies, because its symbolism is undeniable. If there was a better way to end A&M’s storybook season, I would be hard-pressed to conceive it. The Aggies drubbed the Oklahoma Sooners into submission Friday night. Johnny Manziel shut down any and all criticism regarding his claim to the Heisman Trophy by slashing through the Sooners’ defense in any form he saw fit.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel earned his place in history Saturday evening, becoming the first-ever freshman to claim the Heisman Memorial Trophy. Manziel will join John David Crow – winner of the 1957 award – as the lone Aggies in the legendary Heisman brotherhood.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, alongside Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, was named one of three finalists Monday for the Heisman Memorial Trophy, an award granted to the most outstanding individual player in college football.
Monday's Heisman finalists anoouncement confirms Manziel's place in A&M history, national stage
Not much in the modern realm of college football can be labeled as “outstanding” anymore. Outstanding implies quality beyond greatness. The term insinuates power and depth, molding itself from the very qualities that legends are made of. For decades, this word — outstanding — has stood as the lone qualification of the sport’s most prestigious individual award, the Heisman Memorial Trophy.
The impact of the Johnny Football Effect will resonate for years to come
In 2012, Texas A&M saw the revelation that was the beginning of the “Johnny Football” phenomenon, or Johnny Manziel, as he prefers to go by his real name. Throughout the season, the redshirt freshman quarterback has dazzled the crowds in the stadiums and those tuned to their TVs to the point where he now stands as a Heisman Award finalist and potentially the first freshman to win the prestigious award.
Now in its first season, the inaugural Brazos Valley Bowl will feature a high-profile junior college football matchup at noon Saturday in Kyle Field — granting A&M and Blinn students an additional football experience in one of the country’s most renowned venues.
For two consecutive afternoons the national sports scene — including ESPN and Sports Illustrated — held its breath in eager anticipation, focusing absolute attention upon the quaint town of College Station, Texas. They wanted an answer to a simple question.
It has been a long and grueling season for the Texas A&M Aggies, who have not had a week off since Hurricane Isaac postponed the season opener against Louisiana Tech. Eleven straight weeks of physical, hard-nosed SEC football.
The No. 15 A&M football team travels to Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday to knock heads with the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide for the Aggies’ toughest challenge to date. Alabama rolls into the Top 15 contest on a 13-game win streak but remains wary of a rising SEC power in Texas A&M.
The Texas A&M football team enters this week with a challenging matchup against No. 15 Mississippi State in what will be one of the most evenly matched teams that the No. 16 Aggies will go against all season. For as prolific as the Aggie offense has looked this year, most of those on the coaching staff and the lineup feel that this team has not yet peaked offensively.
The No. 22 Aggies did just enough Saturday to pull out a 30-27 win in Oxford, Miss., against Ole Miss and climb into the Top-25 rankings for the first time this season. During Tuesday’s press conference, head coach Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies said while the win was worth celebrating, they’ll have to do more in this weekend’s road date against No. 23 Louisiana Tech.
The Aggies (3-1, 1-1) believe they broke a barrier last week in a home win over Arkansas, notching their first Southeastern Conference win and proving they can retain a large lead. Moving the ball in the friendly confines of Kyle Field and snatching a win from an SEC opponent on the road are two different games.
To remember the last truly elite defenses to don the maroon and white, A&M fans have to look back to RC Slocum’s “Wrecking Crew” of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Known rightfully as “Linebacker U” in the same era — with such greats as Aaron Wallace, John Roper and Quintin Coryatt — there was one area of strength often overlooked in Slocum’s stalwart units: defensive backs.
Aggies must remain focused on next opponent, not future schedule
Coach Sumlin should be anxious as anyone about the state of his team. The same roster has taken the field on two separate occasions and the results were anything but consistent. Sumlin should breath easier this Saturday, not because the problem is solved, but because the next game is against the South Carolina State Bulldogs. It just won’t matter.
A sea of maroon covered Ford Stadium in Dallas as the Texas A&M Aggies beat the SMU Mustangs Saturday afternoon 48-3. It proved to be a defensive matchup early on as there was no score in the game until 8:31 left in the second quarter.